When you spend most of your adult life driving race cars, there will always be that urge making you want to get back to it long after you’ve retired. Once a racer, always a racer.

For F1 drivers, stepping away from the highest level of motor racing competition in the world comes with a big risk. You’ll always want to have that itch scratched no matter how worn out in the shoes you’ve become.

For David Coulthard, a return to Formula One is out of the question since his mediocre performance and announced retirement in the 2008 Grand Prix, but that doesn’t mean that his racing career is over. Far from it, actually. The 37-year old Scot has been announced as one of the drivers for the Mercedes-Benz team that will be competing at the DTM German touring car series. Coulthard’s one of a list of former F1 drivers that have found refuge in the DTM series, which also includes Jean Alesi, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher, and former McLaren teammate and two-time F1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen.

We don’t know how Coulthard’s driving skills will translate from Formula One to touring car racing, but if it’s the same old DC we know from his days with McLaren Mercedes, then we’re pretty confident that he’s going to keep on raising hell out on the race track.


Source: Autosport

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  (134) posted on 02.20.2011

DTM racing is not actually production-based, they’re tube-framed dedicated race cars with bodies from the production vehicles. Starting in 2012, they’re moving to a spec carbon-fiber to which each manufacturer will add their own suspension, bodywork, and aerodynamics.

  (714) posted on 02.20.2011

How can the Germans and Australians run adjusted the production vehicles while NASSCAR uses purpose built platforms that only simulate (badly) a production vehicle?

  (2) posted on 07.15.2010

http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=V8v0pmI9FZ 4

this is a really cool video of David Coulthard driving an e-smart.

  (1022) posted on 04.12.2010

Give over all you big moans! Every time I’ve read a story like this it’s inevitable that there’s grumpy so-and-so’s trying to put a dampener on things. I went down and thought it was great fun! it was free! What did you expect?

  (1332) posted on 04.11.2010

I really don’t know him but I’ve heard his name and in some races. Well good luck to him I hope he can with the title. Besides he’s driving one of the best race car in the world.

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